The K-12 Library/Media Skills Curriculum presented is part of a
collaborative effort among the four licensed library/media specialists
and in consultation with members of all academic areas. The scope and
sequence was created, reviewed, and revised to reflect locally
identified needs and respond to professional recommendations of national
reports. Among the sources consulted are, Standards for the 21st Century
Learner IN ACTION developed by The American Association of School
Librarians, and Ohio Department of Education Academic Content Standards
for K-12 Library, Technology and Core content curricula.
The work was organized around these common beliefs: School libraries
are essential to the development of learning skills. Reading is a
foundational skill that prepares students for a global society and is
vital to lifelong learning. The implementation of technology skills and
the ethical use of information are crucial for the future of the
education of 21st Century learners.
- Academic Content Standards, K-12 Guidelines: Library. Columbus: Ohio
Department of Education Center for Curriculum and Assessment, 2003.
- Standards for the 21st Century Learner In Action. Chicago: American Association of School Librarians, 2009. Print.
This course of study prepares students to grow and adapt in a
technological society in which they will spend significant portions of
their lives locating, evaluating, utilizing, and communicating
information in different formats within a diverse and collaborative
community. Students are encouraged to be independent and effective
users of such information. Additionally, the curriculum encourages
students to develop an appreciation of reading and engage in personal
reading from a variety of literature genres.
The overall mission of the Indian Hill Library/Media Centers comes
from our philosophy that the district library/media centers, staffed by
licensed media specialists, are a unique and indispensable learning
environment within each school. The centers contain vital, useful, and
current information appropriate to research and pertinent to the
curricula. They provide opportunities for students to meet their
educational, aesthetic, social and vocational needs. The presence of
well-organized, accessible collections promotes the appreciation of
literature and the development of lifelong reading patterns and
information gathering skills. Library/media centers provide essential
print and electronic resources and services to implement and support the
goals and objectives of the school district.
Library/Media Specialists provide leadership in stimulating and
enriching the school climate through their role as teachers,
collaborators and role models. Librarians work cooperatively with
teaching staff in planning units of instruction, teaching information
literacy skills and the research process. Librarians emphasize the
importance and pleasure of reading as a life-long activity.
Professional selection by the Media Specialist provides resources for
many levels of interest and ability. These resources include: books,
electronic databases, Web 2.0 tools, research links and materials for
teachers’ professional development.
Effective school library media programs provide information literacy skills instruction.
Information literacy is the ability to locate, process, evaluate and utilize information. School library media
programs provide information resources in a variety of formats and
readability levels. The school library media specialist teaches students
how to access, use and evaluate information resources efficiently and
ethically based on academic or personal need. This instruction should be
correlated to specific academic content standards and taught as an
Effective school library media programs support technology literacy
skills instruction in the use of library-based technologies in
collaboration with technology integration specialists and classroom
Technology literacy skills include the appropriate and ethical use of
technology for information access, retrieval, production and
dissemination via electronic resource networks and the Internet.
Effective school library media programs support the learning of media
literacy skills in collaboration with classroom teachers, technology
integration specialists and technology coordinators.
Media literacy encompasses the use of communication competencies and critical thinking skills, including
the ability to access, interpret, evaluate and communicate information
delivered in a variety of medium
formats. Media-based resources include print and nonprint materials that use image, text, language, sound
and motion to convey informational communications and messages